Any company is welcome which will provide stable employment for men in the Wingate area. In the last few weeks three companies have decided to establish new projects in Peterlee. These are estimated to provide nearly 200 new jobs.
Is the hon. Member aware that as a result of the closure of the pit in the Wingate area 600 men have lost their jobs? Does he really believe that the employment of 200 men—when they are actually employed—will make very much difference to that situation?
I think that it will. It all helps. Furthermore, I know that in recent weeks a number of other companies have been visiting the Peterlee area, and we hope that some, at least, will establish projects there.